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How the STEM World Works

The specialists are here. But expectations are changing. Are you prepared for this new era?

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Understanding what drives STEM professionals

As we move towards a post-pandemic era, we examine and reveal the changing expectations of experienced STEM professionals. Their skills are hard to find, so retaining and attracting them for the long-run will be crucial for employers.

A significant number of people employed in STEM sectors are aligning their career goals with their life priorities. It’s a trend that’s consistent with other shifts that have transformed the world of work over the past few years.

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Career aspirations of STEM professionals are changing

STEM professionals' career aspirations are changing. We unearth these changing expectations and motivations in our research.

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Salary and benefits are still the top priority for STEM candidates

Companies who delay in recognizing market value of sought-after specialists risk losing them to a better considered offer.

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Flexible working options are no longer regarded as an added benefit

Flexible working options are no longer being regarded as an added benefit – they are now expected to be a standard given of employment.

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Women are a powerful source of new talent

Women are a powerful source of new talent to help address the STEM gender gap and shortages of STEM skills. But there is still work to do.

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Employers need to recognize the value of career development

Employers need to recognize the value of having clear career pathways to attract and retain sought-after specialists.

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Extending the recruitment search creates new opportunities

By extending their recruitment search to other sectors, STEM organizations can increase their chances of finding the most-suitable candid...

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Contract workers are in greater demand

Contract workers are in greater demand causing agile, change-aware STEM organizations to rethink the ways they access talent and capability.

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Making a difference is becoming an important factor when searching for a new job

STEM employers can enhance their attractiveness to top candidates by ensuring that they have a positive impact on society and the environ...

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Bringing skilled people together to build the future

STEM professionals know their worth in this changing world of work. And employers need to tap into their skills if they are to build the ...

The specialists are here

But their expectations are changing.

This report provides special insight into the career journeys and the big picture dynamics that directly and indirectly shape recruitment in the STEM sectors. Are you prepared for this new era?

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